NCDHR Spring 2020

COVID-19 Resources for Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Information regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus and guidelines for communities, are changing every day. We aim to keep our community informed. Click on our website URL here for the resources:

CDC Prevention Research Centers Network 2019-2024

CDC is pleased to announce the new Prevention Research Center (PRC) network for the 2019-2024 funding cycle. The PRC program will fund 25 academic institutions, including University of Rochester, to conduct applied public health prevention research. Funded PRCs will develop, test, and/or evaluate public health interventions for wide application, particularly in underserved communities, based on the latest science.

This new PRC network will build on the strong achievements of previous PRC networks to advance innovative and important studies that are relevant for public health practice to improve health for people across the United States

Steve, Dan, Karen, Kelly, Erika and Lori (pictured top to bottom) attended the PRC 2019-2024 Kick Off Meeting in Atlanta, GA in January. They networked, shared our work and learned how to how to continue to collaborate with our communities through CBPR (Community Based Participatory Research)!

Kelly and Lori showed our Rochester Prevention Research Center poster about Community-Based Participatory Research with Deaf ASL users and people with hearing loss at the PRC Kick Off meeting.
Kelly and Karen Beiter (DWW Community Committee member) presented about NCDHR’s Community Engagement Structure and focused on how each committee contributes to the success of our ongoing projects. NCDHR joined a panel with representatives and presentations from two other Prevention Research Centers: Morehouse School of Medicine and University of New Mexico.

Deaf Weight Wise Western New York is our current core research project for 2019-2024. We have been busy meeting with potential partners in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. Behind the scenes, our staff is developing and improving the DWW curriculum, filming health surveys in ASL, and developing project branding materials.

Deaf2 Project

We use the “Deaf to Deaf” communication approach in our research and programs, the Deaf2 (Deaf-squared) Project This project provides information in American Sign Language (ASL) to Deaf communities about STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), HIV, and Safe Sex Practices.

Deaf2 Information Line

Our Deaf2 Information Line is still available for community use. Have questions or want resources for STI, HIV and Safe Sex Practices? Connect with a Deaf, ASL-fluent counselor through VP, Text/FT, or email. All calls/emails are CONFIDENTIAL, and free.

Deaf2 Informational Video Library

Our Deaf2 Informational Video Library has 34 video blogs in ASL about STI, HIV, and Safe Sex Practices. We recently added new videos: U=U (Undetectable=Untransmittable) and Hepatitis C.

Website: www.deaf2videos.urmc.edu

Deaf2 HIV Testing Video Line

Due to COVID-19, our Deaf2 HIV Testing Video Line is NOT operating until further notice. Our partner site, Trillium Health has suspended all walk-in testing. We will share more information through our social platforms and website when Trillium begins offering testing again.

If you would like to receive an At-Home Test Kit (HIV Test to do at home), contact Trillium Health testing@triliumhealth.org or call (585) 545-7200. If you receive a test and have questions about the process, the Deaf2 Information Line (contact information above) will be able to assist you!

Hope you all are staying healthy!

From the NCDHR Team

First Row: Erika, Riki, Lori. Second Row: Amanda, Dan, Val. Third Row: Jenna, Song-Hoa, Tamala. Fourth Row: Kelly, Steve, Janna.

We will be showing a new mini-series of our Staff working from home (wfh). Each post will be different as they will be talking about making adjustments to working from home, how they’re practicing their social distancing, and share tips to stay healthy, active and productive during this time. #NCDHRwfh #ncdhr